My Favorite Uses for 20 Mule Team Borax

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What is Borax Anyway?

Borax has been around forever, or so it seems.  So why are we just now hearing about it?  It is resurfacing because it’s a great way keep  your home clean and pest free while saving money.  It’s all natural, too.  All of this makes 20 Mule Team Borax a MUST have in our home.  We can do SO many things with it.

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But what IS it?  It’s a naturally occurring substance that comes from the evaporation of seasonal lakes.  20 Mule Team Borax is taken from the ground, washed, dried and boxed up just for you.  It’s 100% natural and 99.5% pure.

You may think of Borax from all the Pinterest posts about making your own laundry detergent.  I make my  own as well, but keep it in powder form.  It works great and smells fantastic!  But did you know that it is also found in health & beauty items as well as building materials, ceramic and even medicines?  It’s EVERYWHERE!!

20 Mule Team Borax comes from California where one of the world’s largest deposits was discovered in 1913.

Absolutely nothing is added. No phosphates, per-oxside, chlorine, or other additive chemicals.

Important note: Keep 20 Mule Team Borax out of reach of children. We also recommend labeling any containers containing 20 Mule Team Borax solutions to identify the contents.

How I Use Borax

First and foremost, I use it to make laundry detergent.  It’s so simple and easy.  1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax, 1 cup of washing soda (not baking soda) and one laundry bar soap (i grate mine into flakes).  That’s is!  Combine in an airtight container and use 1-2 tablespoons per load.  It  lasts forever and is super inexpensive.  Plus…it works!!

Use Borax for brighter brights and whiter whites

I also add it to my dishwasher once or twice a week.  I just sprinkle about 1/4 cup of Borax in the bottom of the dishwasher and let it run as usual.  This seems to help keep any greasy buildup to a minimum.  This means a clear drain and better running dishwasher.

Borax is also great pest control!  Sprinkle it behind your outlets and along baseboards (if you don’t have kids or dogs that might ingest it) and other places that roaches might inhabit and they will be no more!  Mixed with sugar and left on a dish, ants will ingest it and die.  They can’t tell the difference between the borax and the sugar.  I’ve been told it deters mice, too!  Sprinkle along walls and in nooks and crannies for mouse prevention.  Sprinkle it on mattresses and carpets (let sit for an hour or so) and then vacuum thoroughly to get rid of bed bugs and fleas!

Borax is great for pest control!

Back to cleaning…it’s great for dishes and laundry but what about general cleaning?  I keep a spray bottle full of a mix of 1/2 cup Borax, 1 cup white vinegar and the rest water.  I use hot water to dissolve the borax and just give it all a gentle shake to mix well.  It’s a great all purpose cleaner.  If you use  a scouring powder in the kitchen, try this – mix equal parts borax and baking soda and scrub away!!  You can add a drop of essential oil to personalize the scent.

Make a paste with 1 cup water and 1/2 cup borax for a great stain remover.  If  you add about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to that same mixture, you can remove rust!  Apply the paste to clothing, fabrics and carpets and rub gently.  Allow it to stand for a bit then wash or clean as usual.

Since it’s great for cutting grease and killing odors, all of these applications can be used for pet stains, baby stains and more.  Just remember to thoroughly rinse vacuum, etc to remove the powder or residue when children or pets will be present.

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How Do You Use Borax?

Do  you have something I didn’t mention?  A great use that the world needs to know?  Leave me a comment and share your favorite uses for Borax!



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  1. Kathi Lucas says:

    I I want to know is Borax just washing soda? I have a metal plate to use to take tarnish off silver – it was bought by someone else from QVC, but that person is no longer available to answer questions. The directions on the packaging of the plate it call for putting the plate in a non metal container, adding washing soda, and boiling water. Once the soda is dissolved, I’m to put the tarnished pieces of silver in the water, onto the plate. Supposedly the tarnish will disappear.
    But I can’t find washing soda anywhere. I’ve used Borax as a laundry detergent booster and like it. But I wonder is Borax actually washing soda?
    Thanks, Kathi

  2. I had a flea problem that left me with them on my white socks as I walked across the carpet. 2 times of bombing with 2-4 bombs each time did not solve my problem. I read about 20 mule team and tried it…like a charm they were gone.
    Sprinkle the powder on your carpet, rub it in with a brush or broom and let sit for 30 minutes minimum. ( I left for about 2 hrs) vacuum. Some of the powder will be left behind as no vacuum can get it all. This means the next time you vacuum you will stir it up again and start the cycle over with no more work!! Thus eliminating the eggs too!
    If you have kids keep them off of it as much as possible. And of course your four leg family members need to stay off too!


  3. I love killing Leviathans with it.

  4. I use it for my laundry detergent too. I’ve not tried it for pest control though. I’ll have to check into that.

  5. I use Borax for making my laundry detergent too didn’t know it’s also for pest control thanks for sharing

  6. Is the laundry soap ok for baby clothes?

  7. How can I qualify for the free boxes- giveaway?

  8. Mary, thanks for your question!

    I am not 100% sure on this. I want to say yes but I know that it can be irritating to some. My kids are 11 and 14 so I can’t answer from personal experience. I’m sorry that I can’t be more helpful. Maybe someone else can weigh in and help you out.

  9. Stephanie Johnston says:

    I would think so, Mary, as long as the baby does not have extreme sensitivity to anything. The laundry soap is chemical-free, as long as you don’t add any essential oils for a scent.

  10. Mary,

    The giveaway has ended. But if you visit the purex site, They have some great promotions. Make sure you also follow them on Facebook.


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